Hi, my name is Stuart and I am 44 years old. My son Charlie is 4.
In 1998 I underwent a successful kidney transplant after four years of dialysis. Sadly this failed in December 2012. I tried to dialyse whilst working but it became too much so, regrettably, I was left with no option but to give up working.
I was stressed at this time so I ignored other ailments, including a large spot I had discovered on my skin.
Six months after starting dialysis I finally went to the doctors with my spot as it was becoming quite painful.
I was referred to Stepping Hill for a biopsy in February 2013 and was called back within two weeks.
I thought it would be nothing to worry about, but when the doctor said the word ‘cancer’ I feared the worst. On top of what I was already going through it was too much and I broke down.
I was unable to take in anything I was told from then on; the doctor was explaining what would happen next, whilst I was worrying I wouldn’t be here to see my son growing up.
The nurse recommended Beechwood. My first day there I found a little intimidating being the only male there at that time, but within no time at all I felt comfortable – the staff, volunteers, therapists – every single one of them has helped me come out of my shell more than I ever thought I would. I can’t thank them enough.
I couldn’t have got through this without the support of my family and friends and I thank everyone of them for being there for me.